Lando Norris said his poor start to the Hungarian Grand Prix was the main cause of his first point-less finish of the year, not the amount of time he lost in the pits.
“The team did a good job,” said Norris. “Maybe the pit stops weren’t amazing but they didn’t cost me anything. I think I was the one who let down the team in terms of probably getting the worst start I’ve ever got in my life.
“I just screwed everything up and it’s such a difficult track to overtake on. I couldn’t do anything more after that. I tried coming back, but 13th was the best I could do.”
“If I look at the big picture, I think they’ve been still a very positive three weeks. The things I really wanted to improve on as a driver, I’ve done much better at.
“But I’m still not the driver I need to be. I still made the mistake today, which probably didn’t cost me a huge amount of points, I would have been probably where Carlos was maybe score one or two [points] at most.
“So it’s not the end of the world but I think in the long run you want to be scoring whenever you have the opportunity to. And I think today we did have the opportunity to get those one or two [points], which could prove quite costly come the end of the season. So it’s just probably the finer details.
“The first two races were perfect. This one was the first one I made a proper mistake on and a big error. So yeah, I just don’t work on those things. We’ll review everything from the past three weeks and try and do a better job in Silverstone.”
Despite failing to add to his points tally in Hungary, Norris remains fourth in the drivers’ championship.
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